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Today, New Zealand became the thirteenth country to legalize gay marriage after the Parliament voted 77 to 44 on an amendment to their 1955 marriage laws. Upon the formal announcement, many people in the crowd as well as a few lawmakers spontaneously burst into singing the traditional Māori love song "Pokarekare Ana."

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In case anyone still cares about U.S. politics, Texas' longtime legislator and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul gave his farewell speech to Congress yesterday, as he prepares for retirement at the end of this year. Having spent 23 years of his life on the floor of the House of Representatives, the congressman had quite a bit of things to say and questions to raise (and rightfully so!) during his 48-minute long speech, the highlights of which have been summarized into a list article by The Atlantic. Some of the memorable questions included:

  • Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
  • Why haven't we given up on the drug war since it's an obvious failure and violates the people's rights?
  • Why does changing the party in power never change policy?
  • Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
  • Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there's such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?



Farewell of the Day is a feature series that serves as the sad news bearer of notable departures, disappearances and deaths.

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November 6 was a devastating day for republicans, as documented in this aptly titled single topic blog White People Mourning Romney.

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For the 9,000th time, go to the polls and vote! For details on poll opening and closing times for individual states, check out Ballotpedia.

Via: Reddit
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YouTuber CentralPAVote brings this footage of what appears to be a malfunctional voting machine that would check a vote for Mitt Romney even when the voter repeatedly filled the ballot for Barack Obama. Also check out the Reddit thread for the real-time development on this story.

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In the golden words of Wu-Tang Clan: "Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M, get the money, dollar dollar bills y'all." Image based on the image template of "Shut Up and Take My Money," submitted by Know Your Meme user FunkPumpkin.

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